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More than 130 people died during hajj

By Tajuddin
Oct 5th, 2014


Makkah Almukaramah ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) More than 130 pilgrims from Arab states have died in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj which has begun on October 2, due to congestion among the pilgrims and age-related complications, RIA Novosti reported referring to the International Islamic News Agency.

According to the report, the biggest number of deaths (14) has been registered among the pilgrims, coming from Egypt. Casualties have also been reported among the religious travelers from Iraq, Algeria, Sudan, Morocco, Somalia, Yemen, Jordan and Mauritania.

Another 213 pilgrims are currently under treatment in the hospitals of Saudi Arabia.

The Hajj is a mandatory religious duty – an annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, a city in Saudi Arabia. It should be carried out at least once during a Muslim person’s lifetime.

The Hajj presupposes strict observance of numerous rituals, including the standing on Mount Arafat, which lasts for many hours. These rituals are being observed during the daylight, when temperatures may exceed 35 C.

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